Australia captain Tim Paine denied David Warner an opportunity to become first Australian batsman to score 400 runs in an innings in Test cricket as he declared when Warner crossed Don Bradman’s score (334). Warner continued his batting pace even after scoring a triple-century and looked set to chase Lara’s record of 400 but Australia declared their innings.
While Paine was several criticised for this, it was later revealed that the team had already made its mind to declare and gave Warner extra minutes to break Bradman’s record.
Commenting on Warner’s knock, Lara said that he would have loved to see Warner go for the record. Incidentally, he was in Adelaide on that day and was even getting ready to see Warner create history.
“It was a great inning. I can see that Australia winning the match was the major thing and the weather was a big factor, but I would have loved to have seen Australia go for it. Being here I would have loved to see it. Even if they say ‘hey David, you have got 12 overs, see if you could do it by tea time’ … it would have been great,” Lara told News Corp.
Warner scored his first triple-century, and also became the first batsman to create the record in pink-ball Tests. Though he failed to break Matthew Hayden’s record of highest Test score by an Aussie. Hayden had scored 380 against Zimbabwe back in 2003.
Riding on Warner’s triple-century, Australia registered a total of 589/3 in 127 overs. Apart from him, Marnus Labuschgane also scored his second century of the series. Shaheen Shah Afridi, who scalped three wickets, was the sole wicket-taker for Pakistan.
Coming out to bat, Pakistan lost eight wickets on 194 but a century from Yasir Shah saw the visitors score 302. Babar Azam also scored 97. With the rain-threat looming large, Australia enforced the follow-on and the visitors were eight down for 229 at dinner break on day 4. They still trail by 58 runs and Australia will aim to get two wickets quickly.
Pakistan team will return without a single win in an international fixture on the tour – they also lost two completed T20Is last month.